This is a really great question, however the answer differs largely depending on the camp that you attend. Here are some factors that may impact when and how often you will be able to contact home.
- Camp Resources - Most camps are located in remote areas, with limited WiFi and limited phone signal. This can make it difficult to connect with people at home.
- Camp Rules - Some camps have strict policies regarding the use of cell phones, iPads or laptops at camp. We recommend connecting with your camp to find out these policies.
- Time - Camp is a busy, unpredictable environment where you will work long days. When you have time off, you may find yourself participating in activities with other staff members, or simply taking some time to relax by yourself! It can be hard to find the time to connect with home on a regular basis.
- Time Zones - The time difference between Canada and your home country can mean that it is hard to connect with your friends and family in real-time. You may find it easy to send texts or emails back and forth, but connecting face-to-face my prove difficult depending on the time difference, and when you have access to your phone.
- Phone Plans - Contacting home from Canada can be expensive, and you may not have access to WiFi. You could consider a Canadian cell phone plan, however we cannot guarantee that the signal at your camp location will be adequate.
We all know that parents and other family members at home will miss you when you're at camp, and you might miss them too! It is always a good idea to discuss this with them before you travel to camp, and to set some realistic expectations of how frequently they can expect to hear from you.